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Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services Conference March 15, 2013. Reaching Out to Elder Victims of Crime Community intervention outside and/or with APS Improving the safety net – Victim services, APS, volunteers, Area Agency on Aging / Passport, emergency shelters, etc.

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ohio coalition for adult protective services conference march 15 2013

Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services ConferenceMarch 15, 2013

Reaching Out to Elder Victims of Crime

Community intervention outside and/or with APS

Improving the safety net – Victim services, APS, volunteers, Area Agency on Aging / Passport, emergency shelters, etc.

Samples of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Public Service Announcements (TV), “Who does What” chart, case summaries, other materials

a victim service and non government example of helping elder victims
A Victim Service and non-Government example of helping elder victims
  • Crime Victim Services (whether reported to police or not)
  • Private non-profit (not prosecutor or system based)
  • Mission: To help victims prevail over the trauma of their victimization by assisting and advocating for safety, healing, justice, and restitution
  • Rich Burgoon, Victim Ministry / Elder Victim Coordinator: [email protected]
  • David Voth, Executive Director; 419-222-8666 [email protected]; www.CrimeVictimServivces.org
ohio victim services overview
Ohio Victim Services Overview
  • Victim / Witness Division in prosecutor offices
  • Victim Assistance in Sheriff Ofc. or Police Dept.
  • Rape crisis and domestic violence programs
  • State networks (MADD, CASA, POMC, etc.)
    • OH Domestic Violence Network; 800-934-9840 (odvn.org)
    • OH Alliance to End Sexual Violence; 888-886-8388 (oaesv.org)
  • ohioattorneygeneral.gov; click on victims, then directory “Picking Up The Pieces” = victim rights; 800-582-2877
  • VINE – offender notices; 800-770-0192; vine-link.com
victim services examples even if no arrest or aps case
SAFETY

Protection Order help

Emergency repair costs

Safety planning

Short / long term shelter

HEALING

Crisis counseling

Family support & info

24 hr hotlines

24 hr hospital response

Clinical counseling

Support groups

JUSTICE

Victim impact statements

Court hearing notices

Legal rights advocacy

Court guidance / advocacy

Witness preparation

Financial Recovery

Emergency money

Ohio Victim Compensation

Court ordered restitution

Advocacy for bills & losses

Victim Services Examples – even if no arrest or APS case

required in Ohio Revised Code 2930

victim services volunteers in elder abuse
Victim services & volunteers in elder abuse
  • Where does victim services fit in the elder abuse response?
    • Ombudsman criminal cases assisted by us in court
  • What is the response to elder abuse in your community?
  • Connect dots with Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
    • Adult Protective Services
    • Area Agency on Aging, Region 3 (primarily Passport)
  • Re-activated “Elder Justice Council” with 15 partners
victim ministry services
Victim Ministry services

SAFETY

  • Protection Order help
  • Emergency repair costs
  • Emergency cell phones

HEALING

  • Crisis Counseling
  • Support, info & Referrals
  • Clinical counseling
  • Faith support

JUSTICE

  • Court hearing notices
  • Legal rights advocacy
  • Court accompaniment

FINANCIAL RECOVERY

  • Emergency money
  • OH Victim Compensation
  • Court ordered restitution
how we reach victims
How We Reach Victims
  • Who Does What for Elder Victimizations?
  • Memorandums of Understanding and law enforcement reports
  • Partnerships with area agencies.
    • Housing/Apartment building managers
    • Shelters
    • Hospitals
    • Home Health Aid Providers
    • Elder Justice Coalition
  • Raise public awareness.
    • Booths at local events
    • Offer training/sharing at local agencies
    • Public Service Announcements
some abuse cases we have helped
Some Abuse Cases We Have Helped
  • ID Theft
  • Financial Exploitation
  • Emotional Abuse and Neglect
  • Self Neglect
what we do to help
What We Do To Help
  • Emergency Repairs
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Home Visits
  • Friendly Cards, Letters and Phone Calls
  • Referrals to Appropriate Agencies
  • Spiritual Support
  • Legal Process, Court Advocacy
  • Protection Order Forms and Assistance
  • Victim Restitution and Compensation Forms
volunteer recruitment and training
Volunteer Recruitment and Training
  • Newspaper Ads, Church Bulletins, TV Ads, Community Events, Word of Mouth
  • Matching volunteers to the rights tasks and how many you need to provide the services
  • 20 hrs of pre-service training is required
  • Must pass an FBI and BCI&I background check
challenges
Challenges
  • What agency can you work with?
    • Council on Aging
    • Senior Citizen Center
    • Area Agency on Aging
    • Victim Services
  • Financial Gaps
    • Volunteers reduce the cost
    • Program financial sustainability problem
    • May need fundraising, grants, United Way, etc.
challenges1
Challenges
  • Investigations
    • Volunteers are not trained investigators
    • Volunteers can assist when requested
    • Volunteers can sometimes gather information that investigators can’t by observing and befriending the victim
challenges2
Challenges
  • Legal
    • Volunteers NEVER offer legal advice or direction
    • Volunteers can refer victims to legal professionals
  • Some agencies are reluctant to recognize and work with a volunteer program.
  • Victims might not cooperate with people they perceive as “non-professional”
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